DelDOT suspends lane closures for the holidays

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Dover – The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds drivers to expect additional traffic on Delaware’s roadways beginning on Saturday, December 21. Mall and retail center traffic will be particularly congested. Traffic accidents and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents may cause lane closures and/or delays.

Planned lane closures on Delaware’s major roadways, Route 1, I-95, and U.S. Route 202 will be suspended at midnight on Tuesday, December 24 and will resume at midnight on Saturday, December 28; and midnight on Tuesday, December 31 and will resume at midnight on Friday, January 3, 2014.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) will monitor over 5,500 miles of state-maintained roads around the clock. TMC staff, through a range of automated systems, will monitor and adjust computerized traffic signal systems in response to increased demand and/or incidents.

During the holidays, the State’s three toll plazas: I-95 Newark Plaza, Route 1, Biddle’s Corner Plaza, and Route 1, Dover Plaza will be staffed with extra personnel to help minimize traffic congestion.

Motorists can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets, and can be downloaded free at the Apple and Google Play stores.

DART First State’s statewide transit services, for both fixed route and paratransit service, will not operate on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Additional transit information can be found on DART First State’s website http://www.DARTFirstState.com.

SEPTA Wilmington/Newark line train service will operate on a modified special Christmas Day schedule and on a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day. For specific times, please check http://www.SEPTA.org.

Motorists are also reminded that Delaware’s Move Over law requires drivers to safely move over to the next lane or slow down for stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles.

December 21, 2012 through January 2, 2013 Toll Plaza Traffic Counts

The following statistics were recorded at Delaware’s three toll plazas.

I-95 Newark Toll Plaza
Friday: 93,454
Saturday: 114,567
Sunday: 93,703
Monday: 60,445
Tuesday: 72,483
Wednesday: 96,601
Thursday: 95,109
Friday: 103,867
Saturday: 79,459
Sunday: 96,494
Monday: 65,709
Tuesday: 82,902
Wednesday: 65,397

Route 1-Biddle’s Corner Toll Plaza
Friday: 50,465
Saturday: 40,547
Sunday: 34,712
Monday: 37,262
Tuesday: 37,128
Wednesday: 47,091
Thursday: 48,356
Friday: 53,740
Saturday: 31,590
Sunday: 33,868
Monday: 37,171
Tuesday: 32,305
Wednesday: 43,112

Route 1-Dover Toll Plaza
Friday: 34,178
Saturday: 29,444
Sunday: 25,092
Monday: 24,326
Tuesday: 24,871
Wednesday: 32,175
Thursday: 33,616
Friday: 38,228
Saturday: 23,398
Sunday: 25,788
Monday: 24,982
Tuesday: 24,723
Wednesday: 29,022

Motorists can check DelDOT online at http://www.DelDOT.gov and on your web enabled cell phone at www.DelDOT.gov/mobile for updated travel-related information or tune to WTMC 1380 AM for up-to-the-minute traffic conditions.